Daily Life in Victorian England / Edition 1

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Overview

Drawing on a wealth of sources, this volume brings England's Victorian era to life. Teachers, students, and interested readers can use this resource to examine Victorian life in a multitude of settings, from idyllic country estates to urban slums. Organized for easy reference, the volume provides information about the physical, social, economic, and legal details of daily life in Victorian England. Over sixty illustrations plus excerpts from primary sources enliven the work, which can be used in both the classroom and library to answer questions concerning laws, money, social class, values, morality, and private life.

Chapters in the work cover: traditional ways of life in town and country, social class, money, work, crime and punishment, the laws of daily life (marriage, divorce, inheritance, guardians, and bankruptcy), the development of a modern urban world (with railways, electricity, plumbing, and telephones), houses, food, clothing, shopping, the rituals of courtship and funerals, family and social life, education, health and medical care, leisure and pleasure, the importance of religion, and the impact of the Raj and the Empire. Historical contexts are explained and emphasis is placed on groups often invisible in traditional history: children, women both at work and at home, and people who led respectable, ordinary lives. A chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index complete the work. This valuable resource provides students, teachers, and librarians with all the information they need to recreate life in Victorian England.

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Editorial Reviews

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Describes daily life for rural and urban dwellers and upper and working classes in Victorian England, with chapters on working life, technology, family, education, health and medicine, leisure, religion, morals, and politics, focusing on children, women both a work and at home, and ordinary people. Includes a chronology, and b&w photos and illustrations. For students and general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher

"The meat of the book remains excellent. Mitchell is comprehensive, providing a tremendous amount of information that will be useful to historians and readers of nineteenth-century literature alike."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313294679
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

SALLY MITCHELL is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Mitchell did her doctoral work at Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to editing Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia, she has written several scholarly books on Victorian literature and culture, has read hundreds of popular Victorian novels, magazines, schoolbooks, and advice manuals, and has served on the Modern Language Association Division Executive Committee for the Victorian Period.

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Table of Contents

Chronology: Chief Events of the Victorian Age in England

Introduction: The Victorians and Their World

Historical Overview

The Foundations of Daily Life: Class, Tradition, and Money

Working Life

Technology, Science, and the Urban World

Official Life: Government and the Law

The Material Substance of Private Life: House, Food, and Clothes

Family and Social Rituals

Education

Health and Medicine

Leisure and Pleasure: Holidays, Sports, and Recreation

Faith and Works: Religion and Reform

"Victorian Morality"

England and Empire

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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